Sculpting Creatures and Critters : Bringing Your Ideas to Life in Clay

Emily Coleman, Professional Sculptor

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28 Videos (2h 35m)
    • Trailer

      1:23
    • Welcome!

      1:14
    • Introduction to Materials

      ShopSuggestionList.pdf
      materialsList.pdf
      6:07
    • Sources of Inspiration

      RecommendedReadingandReference.pdf
      3:48
    • Materials and Planning

      3:35
    • Building Your Armature

      10:03
    • Advanced Armatures

      6:37
    • Posing the Armature

      3:09
    • Using Foil and Apoxie Sculpt

      6:39
    • Wire Mesh for Wings

      6:10
    • Blocking Out with Clay

      ABitAboutClay.pdf
      5:38
    • Sculpting and Smoothing

      EmilysFavoriteTools.pdf
      4:16
    • Sculpting Anatomy - Dragon

      7:48
    • Sculpting Anatomy - Gryphon

      4:51
    • Secondary Forms

      6:36
    • Detailing the Face

      7:34
    • Sculpting Horns and Fur

      8:17
    • Detailing the Hands

      5:37
    • Detailing Dragon Wings

      5:07
    • Detailing Bird Wings

      7:58
    • Environments

      4:32
    • Finishing

      8:26
    • Primer and Repairs

      2:44
    • Intro to Painting

      9:26
    • Secondary Colors and Details

      7:59
    • Dry Brush and Wash Methods

      4:11
    • Patterns and Fine Details

      3:48
    • It's A Wrap!

      1:22

About This Class

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Have you ever wanted to bring your ideas to life in clay but weren’t sure where to start?  This class will give you the skills needed to start creating your own original sculptures using Super Sculpey.  We will start from the ground up, beginning with concept creation moving into armatures, building up clay, creating detail and texture, and finally, painting.  At the end of the class, you will have a completed sculpture of your own.  

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Students will need to purchase materials in order to complete this class.  Materials list and recommended buying locations will be provided.

Previous sculpting experience is not necessary.  However, at least some working knowledge of art basics (form, shape, color theory, etc.) as well as basic drawing skills are highly recommended.  

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39 of 39 students recommendSee All

Incredibly thorough class. It takes you through every step of creating a detailed sculpture, including armature building, and painting the final piece. Definitely a must watch for anyone serious about learning how to make larger sculptures. Although the class is quite long (at over 2 hours) I recommend you work through it when you have a little extra time (or a lot) in order to get the full learning experience.
Elanor Critchley

Hobbyist

Emily's class contains a wonderful breadth of great information for the novice and experienced sculptor alike.
Amazing tutorial, great teacher!

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Emily Coleman

Professional Sculptor

I have been sculpting animals and creatures since 2001. In my decade-plus of experience, I have worked with a variety of sculpting media including polymer clays, wax, oil based clay, epoxy clays, and foam. I am also well versed in molding and casting.

From 2006-2012, I taught fine art for the 3D animation program at Full Sail University. I specialized in sculpting, but also taught life drawing, color theory, and concept art. I was involved in curriculum development as well as lectu...

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